John Cutsinger is a Jostens Creative Account Manager, a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year, a Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Key recipient, a National Scholastic Press Association Pioneer, a Southern Interscholastic Press Association Distinguished Adviser and a Journalism Education Association Medal of Merit and Friend of Scholastic Journalism award winner.
Casey Nichols his a graduate of Ball State University with a MA in Journalism. He taught middle school journalism for 11 years at his alma mater, Eich Intermediate School, and has been the journalism teacher and department chair for Communication Studies at Rocklin High School, Rocklin, CA for 19 years. Nichols is a frequent speaker at workshops and conventions. His yearbook staffs have won numerous crown and Pacemaker awards. For service, Nichols has twon the NSPA Pioneer, Gold Key, and JEA Medal of Merit Award. He was the 2005 JEA Yearbook Adviser of the Year.
Lisa Brondyke has been on the speaking circuit with Jostens for four years. She has taught Journalism, and advised the yearbook at Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn, GA for 10 years. Her books have won local or national recognition for eight years in a row, including a gold crown and gold and silver medals from CSPA, and Superior ratings from GSPA. Along with her yearbook responsibilities, she also sponsors NHS and a Girls’ Discipleship program. Lisa has a degree in Journalism from Georgia State University and worked as a television reporter and corporate trainer before becoming a high school teacher. She has been married for 27 years, her older son is married and lives in Virginia, and her younger son is a senior in high school. Lisa enjoys traveling, jet skiing, and Broadway musicals.
Wendy Regan has taught yearbook at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn, GA for eight years. Her students' publications have been recognized nationally as NSPA All-Americans and CSPA Gold medalists. Their 2012 yearbook was one of 12 national samples for Jostens and it has twice earned the distinction of Jostens National Yearbook Program of Excellence. She currently judges for CSPA and Colorado High School Press Association.
Wendy will be facilitating various breakout sessions and staff consultative sessions.
Krista Walker is the adviser of the Treasures staff at Pleasant Valley High School in Jacksonville, AL. She has taught for 19 years and advised yearbook for the last six. Minoring in graphic arts and layout, she has more than 10 years experience in professional photography while working with the Anniston Star shooting college football games, NASCAR races, politics, and lifestyle photos. A Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame State Finalist, Krista’s passion is to combine teaching and photography so that others can practice the art of photography and become more creative with their skills at their own schools.
Krista will be teaching the Photojournalism series.
Tyler Melton, CJE (co-workshop director)began working with yearbooks in college where he was a graduate from the Troy University Hall School of Journalism. He spent 10 years at TSYS, Inc., a market leader in payment technologies providing electronic payment services to financial institutions around the globe. There Tyler managed corporate education projects for national and international accounts.
Now he enjoys utilizing his journalism and business backgrounds to help schools tell their story in the yearbook. He loves the fact that the yearbook is an outlet for student creativity where they can learn key technical and life skills in journalism, design and business. In 2013 Tyler earned the Certified Journalism Education recognition from the Journalism Education Association.
Payton Zeigler (co-workshop director) joined Jostens 17 years ago and has had a very successful career in yearbook publishing with Jostens, He has the skills to guide a yearbook staff through creating and publishing an award winning yearbook. Payton will help you with any technology questions, teach the online program or Adobe InDesign program, keep you in budget and help enhance your book with yearbook journalism training.
Steven Wingbermuehle was affectionately coined “Wingman” by an amazing yearbook staff. Was it the inability to pronounce his name? Was it the dedication to always be by their side servicing, educating, and celebrating as a partner in the school.
Steven currently services northwest Florida schools and resides in beautiful Daphne, AL. Steven graduated from Spring Hill College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Prior to working with Jostens he was a certified Project Managing consultant where his teams implemented Healthcare Technology. Keeping projects on-time, on budget and in scope transferred seamlessly to the world of yearbook.
Steven believes building a yearbook should be fun, challenging, and rewarding. He loves classroom interaction, teaching, and learning from the advisers, and students. Steven believes staffs should push the envelope in creation, design, and don’t be afraid to blend tradition with modern style.
Clyde Yelverton attended Livingston University; now know as the University of West Alabama. He went to work for Jostens Printing and Publishing in 1979 in Mobile, Alabama as a trainee. He moved to Dothan, Alabama in 1980 with his own sales territory. Clyde is celebrating his 35th year as a yearbook representative for Jostens. It is safe to say that Clyde knows yearbooks.
Chris Creswell is a graduate of Mississippi State school of accountancy 1987. Have been with Jostens for over 20 years. Lives in Madison Mississippi with wife nikki 3 kids covering South Mississippi South west Alabama and Central Louisiana
Jeremy Grubbs M,Ed,. CJE joined the Jostens team as a publishing representative for the Alabama and Mississippi Gulf Coasts after working nine successful years in public education, serving various roles including: teacher, administrator, and yearbook advisor. With more than seven years of experience in yearbook, Jeremy began his role as the senior publishing representative for northern and central Alabama in June 2014.
Jeremy has a Bachelors of Arts in Education from the University of Mississippi which he earned in 2003 and a Masters of Education in Leadership and Research from the University of Southern Mississippi which he earned in 2012. Jeremy received the Dr. Muroff Student Teaching Award; University of Mississippi in 2003, the Bay-Waveland Schools Teacher of the Year in 2011 and the Hancock County Rotary Club Teacher of the Month award in October 2012.
The yearbook staff that Jeremy advised was named a National Yearbook Program of Excellence program by Jostens for the 2012 - 2013 school year.